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The Russians are coming. Sgurr Breac & A'Chailleach

The Russians are coming. Sgurr Breac & A'Chailleach

Postby Lipeshends » Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:02 pm

Munros included on this walk: A' Chailleach (Fannichs), Sgùrr Breac

Date walked: 28/12/2006

Time taken: 8.25 hours

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The Good the Bad and the Ugly. Dr Boab, Dave C, Prof Steve

These two are a hard won brace in winter, effectively requiring 4 ascents to Breac, down and up to the top, Toman Coinich, down and up again to the second Munro A'Chailleach; the back down and up the top again for the Druim Reidh ridge descent - the best of a few choices.

It's been a few years since I could guarantee guide book times and we were 35 minutes over arriving at Sgurr Breac which enjoys a fairly good walk in shared with the routes to the Munros to the East. The book says you can skirt the Top to the south, but it's hardly worth it for a few less feet of ascent.

A'Chailleach is your third 'up' of the day and it's steep until a fine summit approach at kinder angle allows fantastic views if wx allows to An Teallach, Suilven, maybe even Klibreck, we guessed, as well as many others to the south.

Looking back to Sgurr Breac from way down A'Chailleach... Prof Steve

On the way doon a rapid yomper of evident eastern European appearance was haring up the steep ascent, eschewing the icy path for the frequent extents of neve. Was that really wellies on his feet? They were royal blue. Moments later an agitated and equally fit looking walker came past, talking in foreign lingo on his mobile to his chum, presumably, and, also presumably, berating him for zooming ahead. A third dude responded not to my "gin dobra" pidgin Polish for g'day; he also in wellies. And, it must be noted that while their gear was warm they had no sacs we'd seen so far.

Finally the tail group of three including a fit lassie called Nathalie as it emerged came into view - one of whom had a rucksac! They were Russian tourists visting Scotland. Very Happy

One had very good English and explained they liked it here - cold like Russia and very beautiful. A wee sip of 10 year old Mcallan was swapped for a swing from a 2 litre bottle of something "about 40 degrees" made with apples? berries? We were also offered bananas and partook of one.

We could still hear them hollering and whooping as we gained the descent ridge. Some trepidation as we saw two of them had opted, we hoped, for a direct descent towards Loch Toll an Lochain.

In the end the rest of the party opted for the beallach and then down. By the time we reached the ruin at Loch a' Bhraoin they were only 10 minutes behind us. Its amazing how fitness, youth and enthusiasm can over come hardship, hazard and ad hoc equipment.

Looking Slinky! Author posing on walk out.

For us it was an 8hr 15min round trip in daylight, two peaks in the bag and back to Ullapool where a really rubbish rockabilly band spent 15 minutes on their warm up / sound check and drove us out of the Seaforth after only 1 pint!!
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